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Number's up for city houses with no signs

FED up getting lost in and around our capital?

Well there is good news as Dubliners are to be officially asked to display street numbers on their homes.

In comparison with other European countries, the capital's system of street signs and building numbers can be found wanting.

But it is hoped this new move will help emergency staff, postmen and tourists find properties in the city more easily.

However, Dublin City Council has shied away from forcing householders to comply.

Having examined whether bye-laws would work, officials decided it would be more appropriate to make a request rather than a demand.

Letters are now being issued to every residents association and to the city's main business groups asking them to take steps to ensure their members are informed.

City executive manager Declan Wallace indicated that if the council introduced mandatory regulations, enforcement would be a problem so instead they are "going to try to do it by consensus".

"We are appealing to their (the public's) better nature," he said. The council will monitor the impact of the request before considering the "big stick" approach, Mr Wallace added.

Fine Gael councillor Edie Wynne, who originally made the proposal, said she believes the council has taken the right approach. She said gardai have "rowed in behind" the plan.

When Ms Wynne raised the issue in September last year, she was told by local authority officials they would look into it.

She had asked that the local authority require all buildings on the streets and roads of the city to clearly display their street and road numbers.

The move was prompted by representations she received from the public.

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"It really was in the context of both the city and the suburbs. In the suburbs you have big housing estates. You can be at number one here and you look across the road and you're at number 226, if there's a number on it at all.

"In the city then, the buildings go by names but if you go looking for the building you need to have some idea where it is. It would be of particular help to emergency services and to people making deliveries or tourists looking for a venue," she said.

She brought the plan to the council's transport and traffic committee, which gave its approval. Some councillors expressed reservations about a mandatory system and the council agreed with the concerns.

comurphy@herald.ie


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